In spite of the billions of dollars grossed by the “Harry Potter” film franchise and the book series it’s based on, the obsessive devotion of fans, the endless merchandise, blogs and so forth, the wizard series is coming to an end. For real.
MTV News caught up with superstar Daniel Radcliffe as he promoted “Deathly Hallows – Part 1,” and we asked him about J.K. Rowling’s recent “Oprah” interview. The author denied to Oprah Winfrey that she had said she’d never write another “Potter” book. So we asked Radcliffe if he could foresee revisiting his Harry Potter character someday.
“I think Jo is being very kind to a lot of people by giving them that little bit of hope and me that mild heart attack,” Radcliffe joked. “But I’ve been doing this for 10 years. A team of surgeons would be needed to reapply my jaw to my face if she did this. I would be incredibly surprised but, you know, the other thing is, people have been saying, ‘If she did [write more books], would you be in [the films]?’ And at this point in time, ‘No’ is the answer,” he admitted. “I’ve done it for 10 years and that’s a long time. But I’m also being careful to qualify that with, ‘Better men than me have changed their mind.’ ”
Radcliffe went on to say that while he’s resisting the urge to say “never again” to another “Potter” film, he also hopes he’s able to move onward with his career.
“I don’t want to say it would be a step backwards because these films have been so good to me, but over the next few years I’m going to be working very hard to establish myself as an actor outside of this series,” he said. “It would seem self-defeating if I went back to them.”
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